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Mark Steyn

Oligarchs for Hillary!

For me, the issue this US election season is the corruption. Sure, I'd like a balanced budget and less debt and repeal of Obamacare, but I'm getting used to being sold out on those issues. So I'm down to the bare minimum requirement for a politician: The corruption nauseates me, and, if it doesn't nauseate the candidates, then that explains a lot about why nothing happens on any of those other matters. It's in the air, it's in my nostrils, and I'm sick of choking on it. We have a "justice" ...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

Fools Rush In

Image"Fools Rush In" isn't thought of as a Frank Sinatra song. If you were anywhere near a jukebox or a transistor radio in the early Sixties, you'll think of it in Ricky Nelson's bouncy-bouncy teenypop arrangement. And, as I pointed out our two-part Johnny Mercer podcast, many pop acts since have tended to cover not so much the song, but that Ricky Nelson version of it: in the Seventies Elvis did, and in the Eighties Bow Wow Wow, and only a couple of years back She and Him did.

But once upon a time the song was new, and Frank Sinatra was the guy singing it...

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A Se'nnight of Steyn, April 13-19

In case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Mark

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Return to Towel Mountain

It's not all Hillary's lousy tipping and imaginary immigrant grandparents. Before the week fades, here's a couple of other news stories worth noting: ~One of the differences between the left and the right is that the right is forever looking for another towel to throw in. The left doesn't do this: They push on till they win. That's one of the reasons why, with rare exceptions, two-party systems boil down to activist left-of-center governments alternating with placeholder right-of-center ...

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The Hugh Hewitt Show

Guys and Dolls (and Transgendered Bathrooms...)

On my weekly appearance with Hugh Hewitt, we got to all the doom and gloom, but mein host began with a fellow singing "Luck Be A Lady":

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Steyn on America

The Hill to Lie On

Over at Breitbart News, John Nolte distills Hillary Rodham Clinton's autobiography into a single headline: Dead Broke Hillary Dodged Sniper Fire With Her Immigrant Parents In Tuzla This is in reference to the latest revision to the Clinton story - her claim that all of her grandparents came to America as immigrants. In fact (if Hillary will forgive the word), two of her grandparents were born in Illinois, one in Pennsylvania, and the fourth, brought here as a child, is the only immigrant. As so ...

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Topical Take

Home Is Where the Part Is

Mrs Clinton continues her tour of her future subjects, in which selected pre-screened "everyday Americans" are graciously permitted into the van to commune with the ultimate non-everyday American. The effusions of the US media's court eunuchs over Mrs Clinton's ability to pass as an "everyday American" and actually visit a Chipotle suggest this is going to be a very long 18 months. The last time a Clinton was in the White House it was what he was doing outside the White House that dominated the ...

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Steyn on Culture

Ooze You Can Use

As we announced earlier, SteynOnline is marking the official launch of Hillary 2016! by rerunning some favorites of mine since I first started writing about Mrs Clinton back in the Nineties. So, as we pitch base camp on the Hill to die on, here's my review of her memoirs, Living History, from Britain's Sunday Telegraph of June 16th 2003.

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Mark at the Movies

Donnie Brasco

Al Pacino turns 75 in a few days' time. He had a great run in the early Seventies - The Godfather, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon - and then made some poor choices. Still, I assumed he'd be one of those Hollywood leading men who aged well and retained their cool. It never occurred to me that he'd decide to spend his late middle-age chewing the furniture and bellowing in ever riper outfits and hairdos. For our Saturday movie date, I was trying to think of the last good Pacino film, and settled on ...

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On the Air

The Rebel and the Climate

If you were at Toronto's Metro Centre a couple of years back, you'll surely recall Andrew Lawton as my trusty on-stage imam in the warm-up to "My Sharia Amour" during the big Steynamite show. Alas, he's wearied of being my sidekick mullah and gone off to seek gainful employment at Ezra Levant's brand new Rebel Media. Today Andrew launched his own Rebel podcast, and all of us here wish him the very best with this new venture. I was honored to be asked by Andrew to be his first guest, and you can hear me talking about this and that, but also gamely plugging my contribution to the brand new book Climate Change: The Facts. Simply click below to listen.

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Steyn's Song of the Week

I'll Never Smile Again

ImageWe began the week with Sinatra's one big hit with the Harry James band. We end it with his first big hit with the Tommy Dorsey band. This essay contains material from Mark's book A Song For The Season:

I'll Never Smile Again
Until I smile at you
I'll never laugh again
What good would it do?

In the summer of 1940, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, their vocal group the Pied Pipers and a young boy singer called Frank Sinatra took that song to Number One, and not just any old Number One but the very first Number One - the inaugural Number One hit on the very first Billboard magazine chart, the chart that became America's defining measure of commercial success in the music business - the Billboard Hot One Hundred.

Yet it wasn't an American song. The very first American Number One was, in fact, Canadian...

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Defend Free Speech!

A Contemptible Man Punches Down

I don't think I've read "Doonesbury" since the Eighties, although I assumed it was still out there somewhere - like "Blondie", but less edgy and with worse draftsmanship and drearier characters. So I didn't pay much attention when Garry Trudeau became the first cartoonist to be awarded the George Polk Award. The Polk Award is named after a journalist shot dead at point-blank range in 1948 while covering the Greek civil war. So you might have thought it would be in ever so mildly bad taste to ...

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Defend Free Speech!

Global Warming in Hot Water

Doctor Fraudpants tries to explain a two-decade global-warming "pause"

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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On Tuesday, Mark starts the day on Bill Bennett's Morning in America at 8:30am Eastern Time to discuss the new book Climate Change: The Facts.  

~In the afternoon, he joins his friends Sean Hannity on the radio and Brian Lilley on The Blaze.

Later in the week, Mark joins Brian Sussman, Michael Graham and Joyce Kaufman

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